Hasbro’s Legendary G.I. JOE brand and Warner Bros. fan
favorite TV shows Veronica Mars and Ravenswood to launch in the next few
Additional launches include Worlds from best-selling authors Marcus
Sakey, Theresa Ragan, and Valiant Entertainment
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 5, 2014--
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Today, Amazon Publishing announced that Kindle Worlds has
reached licensing agreements to open up seven new Worlds, including
Worlds based on Hasbro’s iconic G.I. JOE brand, and Warner Bros. TV
shows Veronica Mars and Pretty Little Liars’ spinoff Ravenswood.
Writers can now choose from more than 20 Worlds to write and sell their
own original fiction inspired by popular characters and storylines.
These Worlds will open for writers to start publishing stories in the
next few months.
“Since 1964, G.I. JOE has inspired the imagination of multiple
generations by providing a backdrop of excitement and adventure. Whether
exploring the secrets of the mummy’s tomb, or defending freedom from the
evil plots of COBRA, G.I. JOE has been there,” said Michael Kelly,
Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing. “It is with equal excitement
that Hasbro now enters a new segment of the business by embracing the
concept of open-source storytelling, and officially unlocking the world
of G.I. JOE to our fans through Amazon’s Kindle Worlds.”
The new licensing agreement comes at a historic time for the G.I. JOE
brand, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014,
since the first G.I. JOE action figure was released in 1964. It has
become one of Hasbro’s most enduring and recognizable brands with toys,
comics, TV series, films and video games. With the launch of the G.I.
JOE World, writers will be able to publish their own original fiction
starring iconic G.I. JOE characters like DUKE, SNAKE EYES, and COBRA
COMMANDER, and sell their work on Amazon.com.
New Worlds will also launch from two Warner Bros. fan favorite TV shows:
Veronica Mars, based on the television series created by
screenwriter Rob Thomas and starring Kristen Bell. Prime Instant Video
is the exclusive subscription streaming home for the full TV series.
Two novels, based on the adult life of the popular character, are
currently being developed by Thomas and Alloy Entertainment.
Ravenswood, based on the teen drama mystery-thriller television
series created by I. Marlene King, Joseph Dougherty and Oliver
Goldstick. Ravenswood stars Tyler Blackburn reprising his role
as Caleb Rivers from Pretty Little Liars.
“Veronica Mars’ fans are amazingly loyal and anything we can do
to give them more access to her world and that of her character is
great,” said Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. “I’m looking
forward to seeing what new worlds and characters are created by fans and
Kindle Worlds writers.”
“Our Kindle Worlds collaboration with Amazon Publishing has been
tremendously successful since its introduction last year,” said Leslie
Morgenstein, President of Alloy Entertainment. “Adding Ravenswood
and Veronica Mars to the platform is a great way for us to gain
deeper engagement with fans as they explore their own creative story
Kindle Worlds is also excited to announce licensing deals to launch
Worlds from best-selling authors Marcus Sakey and Theresa Ragan, and new
comics properties from Valiant Entertainment:
The Abnorm Chronicles, set in the World of Marcus Sakey’s
best-selling, Edgar Award-nominated novel Brilliance, the first
in a forthcoming trilogy, recently optioned by Legendary Pictures for
a major motion picture.
The Lizzy Gardner Files, set in the universe of Theresa Ragan’s
best-selling romantic suspense series starring private investigator
Quantum and Woody and Eternal Warrior, inspired by the
relaunched universes from Valiant Entertainment’s classic comic
“Kindle Worlds continues to grow quickly with new licenses across the
pop culture spectrum, and we are excited to expand our World selection
for writers,” said Nick Loeffler, General Manager of Kindle Worlds. “In
just a few months since our launch, we’ve published hundreds of new
stories with great customer reviews reflecting the high quality of so
many of these submissions. While it's very early days, we are thrilled
with the initial reception from licensors and readers and look forward
to adding additional Worlds soon.”
G.I. JOE, Veronica Mars, and Ravenswood join a
growing list of Kindle Worlds properties that include Gossip Girl,
Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Valiant
Entertainment’s Unity, and best-selling author properties
including The World of Kurt Vonnegut, Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga,
Barry Eisler’s John Rain, Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines,
Lee Goldberg’s The Dead Man, and The Foreworld Saga.
About Kindle Worlds
Kindle Worlds is a new publishing model that allows any writer to
publish authorized stories inspired by popular Worlds and make them
available for readers to purchase in the Kindle Store, and earn up to a
35% royalty while doing so. Kindle Worlds stories are typically priced
between $0.99 and $3.99 and are exclusive to Kindle.
Amazon Publishing is engaged with additional rights holders from
different areas of entertainment—books, games, TV, movies and music—and
looks forward to announcing future deals soon. To get started writing
works in licensed properties and to view the submission guidelines and
instructions, visit the Self-Service Submission Platform at kindleworlds.com.
To buy Kindle Worlds works, visit amazon.com/kindleworlds.
For regular updates, follow @KindleWorlds
on Twitter, and our blog blog.kindleworlds.com.
About Hasbro, Inc.
Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling
the fundamental need for play for children and families through the
creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio,
including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE
GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to
television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a
comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global
customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a
variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro
Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180
markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a
multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications
(NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to
corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is
helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and
to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families
every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of
the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate
Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.
About Alloy Entertainment
Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group,
develops and produces original novels, television series and feature
films. More than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York
Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty
Little Liars, Gossip Girl, The Clique, The Lying Game, Sisterhood of the
Traveling Pants, Private and The Luxe. AE has successfully
adapted several of its top-selling books into hit television shows for
broadcast across multiple networks, including The CW, ABC, ABC Family
and Nickelodeon. Current Alloy Entertainment television series include Pretty
Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Ravenswood
and upcoming series The 100. AE feature films include Sisterhood
of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2, Sex Drive and The Clique,
with several additional projects currently in development.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle,
opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s
Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most
customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything
they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the
lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of
unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books;
Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home
& Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health &
Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web
Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to
in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end
technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any
type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the world’s best-selling and most
advanced e-reader. It features new display technology with higher
contrast, the next generation built-in light, a faster processor, the
latest touch technology, and exclusive new features designed from the
ground up for readers. Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle,
features improved fonts and faster page turns. The new Kindle Fire HDX
features a stunning exclusive 7” or 8.9” HDX display, a quad-core 2.2
GHz processor, 2x more memory, and 11 hours of battery life, as well as
exclusive new features of Fire OS 3.0 including X-Ray for Music, Second
Screen, Prime Instant Video downloads, and the revolutionary new Mayday
button. The all-new Kindle Fire HD includes an HD display,
high-performance processor and dual speakers at a breakthrough price.
Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com,
As used herein, “Amazon.com,”
“we,” “our” and similar terms include Amazon.com,
Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly
from management’s expectations. These forward-looking statements involve
risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to
competition, management of growth, new products, services and
technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international
expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment and
data center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements,
acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system
interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments
and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect
Amazon.com’s financial results is included in Amazon.com’s filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual
Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.
Source: Amazon.com, Inc.
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